Friday 6 July 2018 - The latest news and updates from the Chalcots Estate
The Chalcots Working Group meeting on the week commencing 18 June was cancelled based on a joint decision by the chair and Council officers. Information from the latest meeting will be included in the next newsletter.
- On Monday 25 June, Chair of the Chalcots Independent Review Marian Harrington handed her final phase one report to Leader of Camden Council Georgia Gould and Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes, in front of a number of TRA representatives, Belsize councillors, residents and staff who took part in the review. The independent review is now available to read at camden.gov.uk/chalcotsindependentreview
- The report looks at the evacuation of the four blocks of the Chalcots Estate and the emergency management, using evidence gathered from council staff, the fire brigade and residents.
- Officers are currently reading and analysing the report so that we can respond as quickly as possible. We will respond in full at the July cabinet meeting on 25 July, but we are making every effort to have our response to the report available before that date because we know that residents are interested in reading it.
How you can respond to the independent review
- As well as going to July cabinet, the independent review and council response will be taken for comment at the housing scrutiny meeting on Monday 23 July. Residents can apply to attend and speak at both housing scrutiny and the cabinet meeting via our deputation process. You can apply the week after the Council response has been published.
- If you would like to speak at the housing scrutiny meeting, please email Gianni Franchi at firstname.lastname@example.org setting out a summary of what you want to say no later than 5pm on Thursday 19 July. If the chair, Councillor Douglas Beattie, agrees that you can speak, you will have five minutes to address the meeting. After this, other attendees at the meeting including councillors might have questions for you. In line with our standard committee rules, those that have spoken cannot take any further part in proceedings but can stay and listen to the other items being considered or deputations being made.
- If you would like to speak at the cabinet meeting, please email Vicky Wemyss-Cooke at email@example.com setting out a summary of what you want to say no later than 5pm, on Monday 23 July. If the Leader of the Council agrees that you can speak, you will have three minutes at the meeting to address the cabinet. After this, other attendees at the meeting including councillors might have questions for you.
If you have any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Floating Support Service drop-in sessions
- Camden Floating Support Service supports vulnerable adults and families who need extra help to sustain a tenancy and achieve independence. The service is available to all residents living in any type of accommodation in the London Borough of Camden.
- Soon we will be holding a drop-in service for Chalcots Estate residents. The sessions will offer support and advice on health and wellbeing, employment and training, welfare benefits and filling out forms. We will share more information in the next newsletter.
Pop up event for older people
Age UK are hosting a get together for everyone at Chalcots Estate in the Dorney tenants and residents lounge on Thursday 12 July at 2pm. There will be a wide range of activities for residents aged 55 and over and it is a great opportunity to get out and have a chat with the Age UK team and your neighbours. Free tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
Leisure activities at Swiss Cottage
Free family swim sessions are still available at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre for all Chalcots residents on Saturdays between 10am and 5pm. Residents will need to bring a proof of address.
North Camden Zone consultation on the Chalcots Estate Community Action Project
- North Camden Zone, a project of the local charity the Winch, is consulting about a proposal to set up the Chalcots Estate Community Action Project. This resident-led initiative would work to make the Chalcots Estate a great place to grow up by making the neighbourhood more connected, bringing together citizens and local organisations to test new activities and approaches.
- They are looking to find out your experience of living in this community and ideas to improve the lives of residents living on the estate, specifically children and young people. You can complete the survey online at northcamdenzone.org/get-involved. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday 11 July. To find out more or to request a paper copy, contact Madalina on 020 7586 8731 or email email@example.com